This publication is the first comprehensive contribution to mapping the history of
the sound industry in the Czech lands or the Czechoslovak Republic. The
publication provides data excerpted from the press of the period, publications
and corporate catalogues, knowledge gained by examining physically-found gramophone
records and other materials.
The collected materials relate to all of the record companies that imported
gramophone records to Bohemia, Moravia, and to the Czechoslovak Republic after
1918. Alternatively, they also include records recorded in this area with the
participation of Czech, Moravian and Slovak soloists and orchestras. The gramophone
record distributors of the relevant brands, size and type of the recorded
repertoire, as well as a list of prominent artists who recorded for the
relevant company are specified for each record labelrepresented here. With a
few exceptions, information was not systematically provided about recordings originating
after 1946, when the recording industry in Czechoslovakia was nationalized and
the national enterprise Gramofonove zavody was established.
The extensive illustrated appendix includes all known forms of gramophone record
labels that included recordings with the participation of Czech and Slovak
artists and orchestras, created both in the Czech lands and abroad. Each
depicted label is accompanied by a brief legend stating the origin or the place
and date of the recording.